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Thursday, August 25, 2011

You Can Help Out On National Public Lands Day

Service projects and other events will be held around the US on September 24, which is National Public Lands Day. Check at visitor centers and ranger desks at parks where you may want to volunteer. Also watch for announcements on park websites and media sites.

Volunteers are being recruited for an extensive project at Antelope Island State Park. The details below are taken from an announcement published by City Weekly.

Antelope Island State Park Service Project

September 24th is Celebrate National Public Lands Day, and to honor this event, Utah State Parks and other volunteers will team up for an enhancement project at Fielding Garr Ranch House Complex on Antelope Island. Volunteers will help from 10-1 pm. Trimming trees & shrubs, raking leaves, removing weeds, prepping & painting sign posts, structures, etc., sprucing up the barn (no animal messes to clean), will be some of the work included.

Forty volunteers, 12 yrs & older are needed for this project. Bring work gloves, water, snacks & other personal items. Please dress appropriately for weather conditions; including layering. All tools will be provided. Working volunteers will receive a FREE service T-shirt (while supplies last) & a light lunch after the project.

Pre-registration is required by emailing robinwatson@utah.gov

Fielding Garr built the ranch house in 1848. Other buildings; bunk house, creamery, barn & other out buildings were constructed shortly afterwards. Garr Ranch House is distinctive as the oldest continually inhabited Anglo home in the state of Utah (from 1848 to 1981 when the island became a state park). Additionally it’s the oldest Anglo built house in Utah still on its original foundation.

Public land is a government function that exists to make Utah the unique and special place it is. Please help to continue protecting our country’s natural assets.

Time: 10 am
Phone: 801-773-2941
Address: 4528 West 1700 South, Syracuse, 84075
Where: Antelope Island State Park

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